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Date:	Fri,  4 Apr 2014 11:04:45 +0800
Subject: [PATCH] Documentation: document the gianfar tx vlan offload issue

From: Li RongQing <>

The commit b852b72087[gianfar: fix bug caused by 87c288c6e9] and e2c53be223
[gianfar: fix default tx vlan offload feature flag] disabled tx vlan offload
from dev->feature, since enabling vlan tag insertion leads to unusable
connections on some configurations.

But this feature is in dev->hw_feature still, and a user can enable it by
"ethtool", so document the tx vlan offload issue.

Signed-off-by: Li RongQing <>
Signed-off-by: Zhu Yanjun <>
Cc: Claudiu Manoil <>
 Documentation/networking/gianfar.txt |   12 ++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/networking/gianfar.txt b/Documentation/networking/gianfar.txt
index ad474ea..2d3dbe6 100644
--- a/Documentation/networking/gianfar.txt
+++ b/Documentation/networking/gianfar.txt
@@ -51,6 +51,18 @@ configuring VLANs.  The gianfar driver supports hardware insertion and
 extraction of VLAN headers, but not filtering.  Filtering will be
 done by the kernel.
+But if tx vlan tag hardware insertion is enabled, and a vlan-device is
+created, the physical device which vlan device is on will be unable to
+work, like:
+	$ethtool -K eth0 tx-vlan-stag-hw-insert on
+	$ifconfig eth0 up
+	$vconfig add eth0 4091
+	$ifconfig eth0.4091 up
+eth0.4091 can work, but eth0 can not work, since eth0 sends the insane
+packets out.
 The gianfar driver supports using the group hash table on the

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